It’s been five years since Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment released the original Life is Strange game, which told the heartrendering tale of photography student Max Caulfield, and her attempts to save the lives of everyone around her with her newly discovered ability to rewind time. Spoilers after the track played in one of the endings:
At the end of the game, Max must choose between allowing the death of her childhood friend/secret crush Chloe Price (which she prevented at the start of the week), or allow a tornado created by the constant use of her abilities, to sweep…
The following contains spoilers for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a spectacular and satisfying finish to the direct-to-video DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU), which began with 2013’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Despite Darkseid’s defeat after an (unexpectedly delightful) team-up, the film ends with the Flash generating another ‘Flashpoint’ to undo the lasting damage caused by the evil New God, and clearing the deck for a new, possibly less interconnected series of films.
I own every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Blu-ray — a testament to its consistent quality — and as a result I often like to play my stacks of cases whenever feeling idle. Like many Marvel Studios fans, I generally believe the release order is best for newcomers to the MCU, yet I often wonder if there may be an alternative that better reflects their internal chronology without becoming a detriment to how they actually work. So without further ado, here’s my personal exploration of that:
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Iron Man (2008)
I recently watched a fun video debunking the fan theory that James Bond is a codename all used by 007 agents, pointing out the instances of loose continuity in the films meant to convey Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan were all playing the same man.
Presenter Calvin Dyson points out Skyfall flirted with the idea that Bond’s previous cinematic adventures took place after the Daniel Craig version’s origin story, as seen in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (both set in 2006). It’s a notion the lamentable video game tie-in 007 Legends explored…
Did you know it’s been seven years since the last James Bond video game, 007 Legends? The final Bond game from Activision was a 50th anniversary Skyfall tie-in that presented the events of Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, Licence to Kill and Die Another Day in the post-Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace continuity of Daniel Craig’s 007 — and it was absolutely dreadful, garnering an average score of 45/100 on Metacritic, a sad, sad end to the Bond legacy in video games as of today.
To be honest though, I was never the biggest fan of the Bond games…
This week, Universal owner Comcast released ‘A Holiday Reunion,’ a four-minute Xfinity commercial that acted as a sequel to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, complete with Henry Thomas reprising his role as an older Elliott opposite the titular alien. The commercial/short film, which was approved by director Steven Spielberg, is essentially a mini-version of recent film sequels like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where an old and young protagonist (in this case, Elliott’s kids) get to compare notes as history repeats itself: it is likely the closest we’ll ever get to a feature length follow-up.
Is it cynical exploitation of people’s nostalgia…
Been a while since my last round-up hasn’t it? Well, for those who don’t visit Multiversity Comics (and you should, we’re anti-clickbait), here’s what I was up to during May, June, July and August.
First up, the start of May marked the tenth anniversary of J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek, and MC, which was founded to post an apologetic for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I used the opportunity to promote Troye Sivan’s music.
I also wrote a retro-review of Star Trek’s prequel comic, and about the fallout of the movie on my personal blog here:
The We Want Comics column I curate…
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed this week that Planet of the Apes is one of the major Fox franchises the company plans to prioritise continuing in the near future. It’s a pleasant surprise after War for the Planet of the Apes brought the story of Andy Serkis’s Caesar to a moving close in 2017, and, it has to be said, underperformed somewhat next to its predecessor ($146.9 million domestic next to Dawn’s $208.5 million). Enough about that though, what’s next from that terrible Planet of the Apes?
The Next Generation:
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